NEDOCROMIL SODIUM EYE DROPS 2%
Active substance(s): NEDOCROMIL SODIUM
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR USER
RAPITIL® EYE DROPS 2%
Your medicine is known as Rapitil Eye Drops 2% but will be
referred to as Rapitil Eye Drops throughout the following leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist. See section 4.
In this leaflet:
1. What Rapitil Eye Drops are and what they are used for
Take special care with Rapitil Eye Drops if:
You wear soft contact lenses. You should not wear soft contact
lenses while using these drops
If you are not sure if this applies to you, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before using Rapitil Eye Drops.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant,
might become pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
If you are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist before taking or using any medicine.
Driving and using machines
Your eyesight may be affected after using this medicine. If this
happens, do not drive or use any tools or machines until you can
Important information about some of the ingredients of Rapitil
Rapitil Eye Drops contain benzalkonium chloride. This may cause
your eyes to become irritated. It may also change the colour of your
2. Before you use Rapitil Eye Drops
3. How to use Rapitil Eye Drops
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Rapitil Eye Drops
6. Further information
3. HOW TO USE RAPITIL EYE DROPS
Always use Rapitil Eye Drops exactly as your doctor or pharmacist
has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if
you are not sure.
Using this medicine
1. WHAT RAPITIL EYE DROPS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE
What Rapitil Eye Drops are
Rapitil 2% Eye Drops (called Rapitil Eye Drops in this leaflet)
contain a medicine called nedocromil sodium. This belongs to a
group of medicines called anti-allergics.
If you wear hard or gas-permeable contact lenses, you should
take them out while you use the eye drops. You should wait 15
minutes before you put the contact lenses back in
If you need to use more than one type of eye medicine, the
medicines must be used at least 5 minutes apart. Eye ointments
should be used last.
If you feel the effect of your medicine is too weak or too strong,
do not change the dose yourself, but ask your doctor or
How Rapitil Eye Drops work
It works by stopping the release of the natural substances in your
eyes that can lead to an allergic reaction.
How to use this medicine
Wash your hands
What Rapitil Eye Drops can be used for
Stopping, treating and relieving the symptoms of ‘allergic
conjunctivitis’ (inflammation of parts of the eye). Rapitil Eye Drops
can be used for three types of allergic conjunctivitis:
Remove the cap from the
Tilt your head back
Squeeze one or two drops
inside the lower lid without
touching your eye
Close your eye
Wipe away any excess
liquid from the eyes with a
Always put the cap back on
the bottle as soon as you have used it
Repeat in the other eye as needed
‘Perennial allergic conjunctivitis’ in adults only: This type of
allergy can happen at any time of the year and is often caused
by animal fur or house dust mites. Signs include itchy, watery,
red or inflamed eyes and puffy eyelids.
‘Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis’ in adults and children:
This type of allergy, such as hay fever, can be caused by
different pollens in different seasons of the year. Signs include
itchy, watery, red or inflamed eyes and puffy eyelids.
‘Vernal kerato conjunctivitis’ in adults and children: This is
a more severe type of allergy. Signs include bumps inside the
upper eyelid, sensitivity to light and severe itching
How much to use
2. BEFORE YOU USE RAPITIL EYE DROPS
Adults, Elderly and Children aged 6 years and over
Do not use this medicine and tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis:
You are allergic (hypersensitive) to nedocromil sodium, or any
of the other ingredients of Rapitil Eye Drops (listed in Section 6
One drop into each eye twice each day
This can be increased to four times each day if needed
Do not use for more than 12 weeks
Signs of an allergic reaction include: a rash, swallowing or
breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue
or around the eyes
Do not use this medicine if the above applies to you. If you are not
sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Rapitil Eye
One drop into each eye four times each day
Adults and the Elderly only
Perennial allergic conjunctivitis:
One drop into each eye twice each day
This can be increased to four times each day if needed
Use the drops regularly
Children under 6 years
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
This medicine is not recommended for children aged less than 6
What Rapitil Eye Drops contain
Each ml of the solution contains 2% w/v of the active ingredient
If you take more Rapitil Eye Drops than you should
Rapitil Eye Drops also contain the following inactive ingredients:
sodium chloride, benzalkonium chloride, sodium edetate and
water for injections.
If you use more Rapitil than you should, talk to your doctor or go to
a hospital straight away. Remember to take any medicine that is left
with you so the doctor knows what you have taken.
What Rapitil Eye Drops looks like and contents of the pack
If you forget to use Rapitil Eye Drops
If you forget a dose, use your drops as soon as you remember.
However, if it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed
dose. Do not use a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop using Rapitil Eye Drops
Keep using the eye drops for as long as your doctor or pharmacist
advises you. If you stop using Rapitil Eye drops too early, your
allergy symptoms may come back.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Rapitil Eye Drops can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
Stop using Rapitil Eye Drops and see a doctor as soon as
The itching, redness or swelling gets worse. You may be
allergic to these drops
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if any of the side effects gets
serious or lasts longer than a few days, or if you notice any
side effects not listed in this leaflet:
Common (affects 1 to 10 people in a 100)
Stinging or burning in your eyes or blurring of eyesight. This
should only last for a short time and occurs immediately after
using the eye drops
Change in the way things taste
Uncommon (affects 1 to 10 people in a 1,000)
Mild eye irritation
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You
can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on
the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE RAPITIL EYE DROPS
KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.
Do not store above 25°C.
Keep the bottle in the outer carton in order to protect from direct
Do not use Rapitil Eye Drops after the expiry date which is
stated on the label and carton. The expiry date refers to the last
day of the month.
Rapitil Eye Drops are sterile when you buy them, so you must
not keep them for more than 28 days after opening the bottle.
If the medicine becomes discoloured or shows any other signs
of deterioration, you should seek the advice of your pharmacist
who will tell you what to do
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment
Rapitil Eye Drops are available as a sterile, clear, light yellow
aqueous solution in a dropper bottle for administration to the eye.
Rapitil Eye Drops are available in bottles of 5ml.
Product Licence holder
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by the Product
Licence holder: S&M Medical Ltd, Chemilines House, Alperton
Lane, Wembley, HA0 1DX.
This product is manufactured by Sanofi Winthrop Industrie,
Boulevard Industrial, Le Trait, F-76580 France.
Leaflet revision date: 22 March 2017
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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